Back to the Books

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Processed with VSCO with a6 presetIt’s that time again, kids! Set your alarms and pack up your backpacks because we’re going back to school. As painful as getting back into the swing of things can be, it’s also the perfect time to reinvent yourself as well as your personal style. Read up on what the Trendsetters are wearing as they head back to the books for a brand new semester of higher education.

Tiffany

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Processed with VSCO with a6 presetAw, back-to-school: that period of time where I’m both excited and anxious about new classes, my impending decline of sleep and the ever-changing Montana weather. But, back to school is in the heart of the best month of fashion of the year. Trends this fall are channeling the edge of the ‘90s with chokers, slip dresses and a plethora of flannels. It’s easy, it’s cool, it’s perfect for back-to-school.

The first couple weeks of the semester are always a bit crazy; trying to ease into a schedule is not easy. With classes that begin at 10 a.m. and that keep me on campus until 6 p.m., I’m wearing outfits that are stylish, but ultimately comfortable. As I begin styling outfits for this transition period from summer to fall, I am sticking to cool tones and short sleeves.

This oversized peplum top from Urban Outfitters is the perfect staple for anyone’s fall wardrobe. It is probably the most comfortable shirt I have in my closet (minus my chunky knit sweaters that have been stowed away until the temperature cools down.) Its laid-back look and olive color scream the ‘90s, but it is tailored enough that you could wear the top from day to night.

Another favorite from my wardrobe are these light-wash Gap jeans. I wear these jeans way too much, but the color goes with everything and they have that perfect worn-in comfort. I have far too many pairs of jeans, but none are as perfect as these.

Although wearing wedges may not seem like I’m aiming for comfort during these first weeks of the semester, I promise that these Toms shoes do everything but hurt my feet. Shoes definitely have the power to dress up or dress down an outfit, so I find myself wearing heeled booties on most days. Also, heels make my legs look longer, which balances out the oversized-nature of my top. They make a perfect pair.

You never know what a new semester will throw at you, but take it with open arms and cute outfits. Here’s to a fantastic new school year!

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Mallory

Processed with VSCO with a6 presetBack to school isn’t all about meeting new people, attending a new school or starting new classes. Start school with new friends and a new style. Here are some style tips that I used all summer and will hopefully transition into fall!

Make a statement with your outfit with one of your pieces of clothing, whether that be your shirt, shoes or even jewelry. I decided to pick my shirt as my statement piece. As shown, my shirt has an open back. Showcase your shirt with a lace bralette that either matches or contrasts your shirt color.

You could possibly pair anything with this kind of shirt: jeans, shorts, a skirt, anything would work. This time I chose shorts.  Jean shorts could really go with anything and almost any color. As you can see, I love maroon.

Don’t doubt a girl and her shoe collection. I have these same Sanuk shoes in three different colors. The black ones will always be my go-to summer flip flops. They are extremely comfortable and fashionable. As a matter of fact, all Sanuk shoes are comfortable.

Wrap up your outfit with the perfect jewelry. Simple yet chic is the easiest way to go sometimes. You don’t have to go too gaudy to make the impression that you want.

Show everyone who you want to be by what you wear. Accept those compliments like you’re Beyoncé! Don’t put your fashion before your school work, though; your degree will get you farther than your fashion.

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 Michelle

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Call me crazy, but I love back to school season. The cute school supplies, the new fall pieces trickling into your wardrobe and the fact that, with a whole new school year ahead of you, you’ve got a fresh start.

I pride myself on looking put together in class pretty much every day, which can be exhausting but is honestly so worth it. I find that I feel so much more organized and confident to take on the day, if I’m happy with the look I’ve put together.

I absolutely love the whole 90′s trend happening right now. I think it’s playful, yet can still be classy and cool; all my favorite aspects to incorporate into my looks. I decided to go with a denim skirt, because they just scream “back to school” to me. Not to mention, it’s a piece that transitions seamlessly from summer to fall. This light-wash one is from Brandy Melville, and I love how versatile and comfortable it is.

I paired my denim skirt with a blue and white bohemian-style crop top from H&M. I love this piece because it’s another summer-to-fall item. Versatility is essential in any successful wardrobe, and I love how the almost bandana-like pattern translates in both warmer and cooler weather. Not to mention, it’s just cute and adds a pop of interest!

I like to keep my accessories quite minimal so I’m sporting a classic black velvet choker necklace from Urban Outfitters. I’ve just recently jumped on the choker bandwagon, and I’m a huge fan. I think they’re great at making you seem like a trendy cool girl, when really you have no idea what you’re doing with your life, let alone outfit.

I’m finishing my look of with some black criss-cross slide sandals from Old Navy. These sandals have become a staple in my wardrobe this summer, as they are insanely comfortable while appearing stylishly laid back.

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Corri

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It’s September, which means classes are back in session! This time of year is my favorite because it gives me the chance to buy cute notebooks and pencils. The only thing I love more than back-to-school supplies is a good summer-to-fall transition outfit. This transitional season gives me the chance to dress in my favorite fall colors while still keeping cool for the end-of-summer weather.

For this look I decided to break out some darker colors and experiment with my personal style. This t-shirt is the ideal combination of classy and casual and looks just as good with a pair of dark skinny jeans as well as with a denim skirt.

I decided to pair this comfortable top with a black, high-waisted bodycon skirt to keep myself cool in the sun. This skirt looks so perfect with black booties, so I decided this heeled pair would give it just the right amount of “Corri” for it to be my perfect outfit.

I decided to add a brown braided belt to break up the contrast slightly, and the denim top dresses down the look just enough to wear to school while still giving me the option to look sophisticated for any meetings that I might have.

This change in season can be an awesome time to experiment with your own personal style — don’t be afraid to mix things up!

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AZarel

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I love the start of a new semester; I feel like I can be a new person every time! If you noticed from my earlier photos, I was sporting a muddy red hair color, but I decided to make a change and go for a bold platinum blonde. I know that the trend is to lighten in the summer and darken in the winter, but I love the way blonde hair looks against my pale skin in the snow; it’s very whimsical to me. I encourage everyone to do something bold that they have wanted to do for a while, even if it goes against the status quo.

On to clothes! Who doesn’t love the feeling of new threads in your new college world!? College is the time to really start playing with style. You get so many influences from other students that are from all over the world, so really step out of your comfort zone and try something new. One thing I love about the University of Montana is the broad range of styles. Although, you will typically see me rocking the whole “comfortable plaid meets denim or cargo” look, there are so many interesting, beautiful and bold styles. Mix it up!

With makeup, I love the natural look with a bold lip. Sometimes I mix it up, but a lot of the time I don’t wear it to my classes due to time. School is school and if you’re new on campus, the want to impress is gonna be there, so one of my fast glam looks is my go-to fall look (that you can totally rock year round.) It is brown, blended shadow with a darker color on the outside blended into the crease with mascara, basic liner, a touch of bronzer and a nude or extra bold lip. Super quick, very simple, and flattering on everyone.

Go out there you guys and show the world the new college you and get to know your style better than ever.

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Thomas

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It’s already September and I have no idea where my summer went, but I only want to cry a little about school starting, so it’s okay. Anyways, it’s that time of the year where some people are putting a lot of effort into looking good and some are relying on their sweatpants. My back-to-school look is the most generic of my outfits because I know I won’t wake up in time to actually think about it.

So to start off, I pulled out my favorite (yep, you guessed it) black distressed jeans. I got these from Maurices when I started working there and fell in love with them. They’re just so comfortable and who needs gender norms? You can just never go wrong with them! I own about ten pairs of similar black jeans and people think I wear the same pants all the time, but jokes on them.

To keep this outfit basic and easy, I chose a basic gray tee from H&M. I stocked up on these basic tees when H&M first opened here because, just like black jeans, you can never own too many.

Then, since I love layering, no matter the weather, I threw my favorite denim shirt on. I’m the type of guy that wears flannels, black jeans and black boots in 90 degree weather just because I don’t know how to dress for the summer. But, now it’s close enough to fall that I don’t have to worry about it thankfully.

For my shoes, I threw on my (very worn) black Chelsea boots. I got these boots from target about a year ago and have worn them down so much, but I can’t find a pair anywhere else that fits me. You’d be surprised to find out how many places don’t carry a size 12.5-13 shoe. And to finish off the look, I added my brown wide-brimmed fedora because, let’s be honest, who is going to wake up in time to shower and do their hair for a 9 a.m. class?

Now, everybody go out and kill this year at the U and remember, it’s college, so going to class in sweatpants and a blanket is normal here.

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Danielle

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So it’s finally back to school and I couldn’t be happier! It’s also back to attending classes in the latest fashions! My outfit for this post is perfect for those days where you want to look put together, but you want to be comfy and casual at the same time.

My white v-neck is from Apricot Lane and is a staple in every person’s wardrobe since it goes with anything. I tied it off to make it more casual and to accentuate the skirt! My skirt is from Forever 21 and I can already tell I’m going to wear this so much throughout the year! It’s a stretchy denim, so you don’t feel confined and uncomfortable and it’s very easy to throw on and walk out the door, especially if you’re running late! It’s also an amazing transition piece for fall. Lastly, my white high top Converse are from Journeys and I’ve been wearing them all summer! I love wearing Converse because you can throw them on with any outfit and they make your outfit a bit more relaxed.

My backpack is from Target and I’m a little obsessed with the color. Since it’s a neutral metallic, it goes great with all my outfits year-round. I decided to keep my makeup on the natural side and use warm, earthy tones on my eyes, and use a chubby lip gloss balm from NYC to add a little shine and color!

Hope you all have an amazing new school year!

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Krystyn

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The hustle and bustle of the semester has actually begun!  The heat lingers as a reminder of the last days of summer and there is this abrupt transition from reading destination maps to textbooks. To hold on to this carefree attitude, express your feelings through your back-to-school style. Whether that be show-stopping shoes, beach inspired sunglasses or choker necklaces.

Lately my fashion sense has leaned more on the comfort spectrum. To change it up from my go-to of joggers, short shorts and crop tops I picked a more class appropriate look. My outfit revolves around a versatile jacket from H&M. This jacket acts as a throw-over accessory or as a hooded dress, which I love depending on how daring I’m feeling. I decided to use it as a throw over to my worn-in American Eagle jean shorts and oversized tank top that I tucked in. To complete this look I offset the dark neutrals with ballerina inspired gladiators. This outfit is cozy yet polished enough to impress.

Whatever style you choose to embrace this fall semester, best wishes on your school endeavors. Keep your head held high and be bold in your tasks!

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Jazzer-Rae

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The time is here. Time for early mornings, endless supply of caffeine, and drowning in homework (and, or tears). Going to back to school may be a little stressful but it’s also a great time to show off your new bts wardrobe. For my outfit of choice I decided to keep it pretty simple. I’m wearing a black leather jacket from H&M, a purple crop top (also from H&M) to add a pop of color to my otherwise dark outfit, some adorable heart tights, and my fave black booties.

So, take a deep breath, put on your best shoes, and rock this semester in style – and try not to be late. But if you are, at least be fashionably late!

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We wish you all a wonderful Fall semester. Let’s make it the best one yet!

- The Trendsetter Team

Photography by McKenna Munden | @kennaphotography

Summer Lovin’

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Summertime is in full swing and we are loving every minute of it. Although summer has been flying by, there’s still plenty of time left to soak up the sun and rock tons of cool summer looks. To give you a little style inspo, the Trendsetters are  here to share their summer style tips while showcasing their favorite outfits of the season.

Michelle

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Not only am I sunshine’s #1 fan, but I’m also an advocate of eating ice cream daily and, of course, filling my wardrobe with as many sundresses as possible; therefore summer is definitely one of my favorite times of year.

I love dresses and rompers during the summer because they are so easy. You can just throw one on and you instantly look put together. This black and gray striped jersey dress from American Eagle is one of my favorites because it’s extremely versatile and flattering at the same time. It’s also basically a nightgown in comfort level, which is a huge plus in my book. I’ve recently been all about neutrals as well, so this dress has become a staple piece in my wardrobe for the summer.

Hats are my favorite way to add interest to an outfit in the summertime. Since it’s often scorching hot during Montana summers, layering can get tricky. Therefore, hats are my BFF. This floppy tan felt hat is from World Market, and fun fact, the cashier gave me a discount because he was a fan of the color. I absolutely love the way it elevates an outfit, pulling a look together while simultaneously being a pal on those bad hair days,

Lately I’ve been all about delicate jewelry. Not only does it add a dainty, feminine touch to your look, but it’s also lighter and more comfortable in the heat. This gold “hello” necklace is from Bohme and I’ve been loving the whimsy it brings to every outfit.

I’m finishing this look off with these brown huarache sandals from Target. I got these sandals years ago, and I love them because they are incredibly comfortable, versatile and the texture adds a fun pop to any look. And I’m not even kidding when I say that I literally get compliments on these sandals whenever I wear them, so shoutout to Target for that little ego boost!

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Corri

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Being a ‘summer baby’ means that I love the warm weather and everything that goes along with it–most importantly, an awesome summer wardrobe. Now, I’m known for wearing mostly black, even in warm weather, but I like to spice things up with more exciting colors- like white. Okay, maybe it’s not that exciting, but for me it is!

I am very laid-back in the summer and I like to keep my outfits really simple; basically, as long as it keeps me cool, but still looking stylish, then it’s perfect. To start each ensemble, I pick one statement piece to be the focus; for this look I chose this beautiful crocheted lace tank top. The delicate lace draws attention but isn’t overwhelming- plus it’s so comfortable and really lightweight!

I wanted my shorts to contrast with the top so that it would remain the center of attention, so I chose these classic, black shorts. This pair of shorts goes with any top and can be dressed up or down so easily! Perfect for a night out, or just going to brunch with friends.

I wanted this look to be a little more dressed up than casual, so I chose my trusty black booties rather than sandals. These are great because they give just about an inch of height, but they’re so comfortable to wear.

Last, but not least, is my black floppy hat. This has been a staple for me all summer, and this outfit was no exception. This hat is my favorite accessory; it classes up every single outfit and keeps the sun out of my eyes when I don’t want to bother with sunglasses.

This look is easy to replicate, and so perfect for hot summer weather!

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Azarel

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Summer sun is chasing those winter blues away, but I kept my favorite shade around. Navy blue is one of my favorite summertime colors, and it looks amazing on pretty much everyone.

My cotton sundress by Converse is a new favorite in my warm weather wardrobe. It’s simple, comfy, cute, and versatile. What more do you need?

I paired it with one of my favorite pieces, my YMI denim jacket. I love this jacket and believe that every girl needs one! I pair this jacket with dresses, tanks, blouses, everything; and it’s light enough that I can wear it and not cook myself on a warm day, while also protecting my arms from sunburns. It’s  great because it quickly dresses down any outfit, creating a fun and casual look- even if you just got off work.

For shoes I went with a simple sandal with a big navy blue bow. I got them at Cracker Barrel from their nautical line. I usually don’t wear open-toed shoes, but I just thought these were irresistible. The bow adds a girlish flare and keeps the outfit trendy.

Now, usually I’d have put in a bright statement piece, but I didn’t for this look. If you wanted to add something to an outfit like this, there are so many options! Bright red adds a big flare and really makes you stand out, while yellows and whites pair really well with this shade of blue to pull it all together. Spice it up with some pinks or oranges to really change up the look and catch a couple glances.

My hair is curly, so I usually just put in some mousse or hair gel and dry it with a diffuser! This style is super easy and works for long or short hair. Excellent for a quick updo and works for formal and casual events. Play it up by leaving it a little loose and messy or pull it nice and tight for a more mature, put together look- the choice is yours.

For my makeup, I went for that summer simplicity. Some light contouring to bring out my cheekbones, a warm gold/brown eye shadow blend to bring out my brown eyes and also keep a more natural look, then a bold color. Lips also stayed pretty muted with a shade almost identical to my natural lip color, just adding a little shimmer.

I love simple in summer. And with an outfit this basic, it’s so easy to play around with and really express your style using different accessories and makeup to show off who you are. So, although the winter blues have finally melted, my navy blue is definitely sticking around for the summer.

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Raneem

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Summer is everybody favorite season. You get to feel the heat, school’s off, and mostly you get hang out with your friends and do a lot of stuff together. Some people wear bright clothes for summer, some go darker, but I mostly like to wear a mix of the two. For this photoshoot I decided to go with my favorite attire, my long-sleeve plaid shirt from TJ Maxx that has LA Los Angeles on the back, which I wrapped around my waist.

I’m also wearing a pair of high waisted jeans from Forever 21 and my Hollister T-shirt, which is black and white to match the letters on plaid shirt. To top off my look I decided to wear my black Nike air max shoes from the Nike store. As for my hairstyle, I just straightened it and then curled the bottom tips of my hair. This is definitely my go-to look for the summer that I love to wear.

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Danh

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Processed with VSCO with a6 presetSummer… what a great season. The weather is sunny, the lake is warm, and last but not least- swimming! In the summer I like to switch my styles every day. Some days I like to be edgy, some girly, some casual, or sometimes even a skater girl. In this photo shoot I chose a look that was somewhat of a casual skater girl style. I love summer in Montana because we get to have a summer vacation from school, and hang out with friends and go tubing, surfing, or swimming on the lake.

Anyway, for this shoot I am wearing a white shirt from H&M, which is nice and light, keeping me cool in the heat. My shoes are from Dillard’s, and are super comfortable to wear all year round. The jeans are from Hollister and are perfect for any occasion- no matter the weather.

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Shayla

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Processed with VSCO with a6 presetSummer is finally in full swing which means I am outside soaking up the sun every second I can, whether that’s floating the river, hiking the M, or just walking around downtown.

As for what I wear during the summer, I usually I stick to short shorts and tank tops.

For this shoot I chose a pair of Hollister high-rise short shorts paired with a Forever 21 crop top. This outfit works for me  because I enjoy being very active during summer, so I want to be wearing something that I can do anything in. The last thing I want is to have the urge to do a cartwheel or a handstand and not be able to due to what I am wearing.

I love wearing plain shirts because it gives my accessories a chance to shine. For this shoot I went with a multi-chain gold necklace that is also from Hollister.

This look is fairly simple and easy to play around with!

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Wishing you all many more wonderful summer days. Have fun, be safe, be stylin’.

 

Photography by McKenna Munden | @kennaphotography